The Notion of Motion Show Preparation
Sometimes a word on good manners for guests is
appropriate, but normally not necessary. This is also an opportunity
for the PTA to let the children know they arranged for this program
(i.e. "This program is sponsored by the PTA. If you wondered where
the money from the wrapping paper went, now you know."). Dr. Quark
will take over after hearing the end of the introduction which is as
"Today we have a guest Chemist. Let's have a warm ______________
School welcome for Dr. Quinton Quark."
- Clean & clear performance area.
- 3 folding chairs, 1 music stand, and 1 table on the stage area (6
foot table is fine).
- An outlet somewhere near the stage and an extension cord (20' is
generally long enough).
- If show is to be in a gym or cafeteria, when the children are
seated an 8-foot center aisle must be left. This area
will be used in the performance and cannot be smaller for
safety reasons. Tape or cones on the floor is a good idea. We ask
that teachers sit along this aisle to assist in maintaining it; the
children MUST be kept out of the taped off aisle.
- Performance area (stage) cannot be carpeted, (the "motion" demos
won't move well enough).
- If a stage is 25' or more across, and 12' or more deep, the entire
program can take place up on the stage. If the stage is smaller
in either direction, the finale will need to be moved off stage
- either into the middle aisle or across the front of the stage.
A handful of kids will be asked to help - they'll need to offer
good answers for questions about what's been discussed
in the show. Enthusiasm and size count in addition to
attentiveness.During the demonstrations for Newton's 2nd Law I will need 4
teacher volunteers, sometimes 5. They
shouldn't be wearing high heels : it's an
opportunity for teachers to join in the fun.